I could have hooked them all, admits Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore

WOBBLE: Aaron Tshibola in action for Hartlepool against Accrington Stanley.
WOBBLE: Aaron Tshibola in action for Hartlepool against Accrington Stanley.

RONNIE Moore admits he could have dragged any of his players off after a dire first half against Accrington Stanley.

Pools were second best to everything in the opening 45 minutes, with the tempo too slow and a lack of imagination in the final third.

I could have brought any two of them off – aside from the central defenders.

Ronnie Moore

Moore had set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation but it wasn’t working against a combative Stanley side.

So it was no surprise to see Moore change his system and personnel.

Scott Fenwick and Jordan Jones came on, with Lewis Hawkins and Michael Duckworth hooked as Pools switched to an attacking 4-4-2.

It worked wonders, sparking a response which saw Marlon Harewood equalise in the 80th minute – three minutes after coming on.

Moore told SportMail: “I could have brought any two of them off – aside from the central defenders.

“Tish [Aaron Tshibola] is having a bit of a wobble at the moment and he could have come off, plus he had a bit of a problem with his thigh.

“But he said he was fine to carry on.

“It could have been any of them though – that is how bad we were!”

And Moore had praise for goalscorer Harewood, his header securing a point.

“The players showed a lot of spirit and it was nice for Marlon to come on and get the goal,” added Moore.

“The goal was good but we didn’t have enough crosses in the first half, they have to put more balls into the box.

“If I was a striker, I would be saying to our wing backs, just put it in otherwise I am not going to score.

“Jordan Jones came on, the ball was great, sat up lovely, and it said ‘put me in the net’.

“It was good for Maz though because he needed a goal and it will boost his confidence, that can only be good for him and the team.”